Its Cool To Be In School
The school places high priority on attendance as good academic and social progress depends on regular attendance. Children whose attendance falls below 95% are regularly monitored by the school and the Education Welfare Officer. The school has an Inclusion Manager (Stevie Hobson) with specific responsibility for attendance and he will contact parents if their child’s attendance becomes a
Absence owing to illness
Please inform the school of your child’s illness on the first day of absence and of the reason for the absence and when the child is expected to return. This can be done through a phone call on 01909 550034. If we do not hear from you on the first day that your child is absent then, once registers close, the school will telephone home or send a text or Dojo message to enquire about the child. This is to ensure the safety of all pupils and to establish whether you are aware that your child is not at school, or if they are truanting. Should the absence last for more than a day, we ask that you keep the school informed about when your child is likely to return to school.
School MUST be notified of ALL reasons for absence otherwise it will appear on the child’s attendance record as unauthorised.
The school offers a wide variety of services to parents who are having issues related to attendance including: a walking bus and collection service; breakfast club; early morning sports club; medical support from the school nurse or other specialist
support. These services can be discussed with Stevie Hobson in school or by calling him on 01909 550034.
Should we have concerns about a child’s attendance level then parents will be invited in to discuss any difficulties they may be having in getting their child to school and any support that the school can offer. If attendance does not improve following these discussions and your child’s attendance is a continued cause for concern then the school will involve the local authority Education Welfare Officer (EWO).
If your child is ill at school
If it is deemed that your child is not well enough to be in school then we will phone their emergency contact for them to be collected. It is essential, therefore, that we have an up-to-date telephone number, and emergency number, so that we can make contact with parents/carers when necessary. We welcome parents to school to discuss any concerns they may have about their child’s welfare, progress or happiness.
Where possible, it would be preferable for appointments to be made outside of school hours. We are aware however that this is not always possible. In these instances we would encourage parents to ensure that their child misses the minimum amount of learning time in order to attend. Children should attend school before appointments when it is possible and return to school as soon as they can afterwards.
Requests for Term Time Leave.
Amendments to the 2006 regulations (applicable from September 2013) remove references to family holiday and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. The amendments make clear that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time (Please refer to the school attendance policy).
Holidays during term time will not be authorised and fixed penalty notices may be issued.
The following statistics are based on the number of children of compulsory school age on roll during the school year 2016/17:
PERCENTAGE ATTENDANCE: 94.6%
PERCENTAGE OF PERSISTANT ABSENCE PUPILS: 12.6%
PERCENTAGE ATTENDANCE TARGET FOR 2017/18: 96.2%